The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center is now open!

The Shepherd's Hand celebrated its Grand Opening on Sunday, October 21, 2018.  The Shepherd's Hand is the community outreach arm of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace. Stop by and see us!


Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.


In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is reaching its completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. Since then she has developed community partnerships as well as program and event plans. Please contact us for more information!



We had a great turnout on Saturday June 23 for our community diaper distribution event. We hosted this event in collaboration with the Life Team at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, LSSI, and many other supporters, we welcomed over 50 families to Shepherd of the City. If you are interested in helping with our next diaper distribution event, please contact Deaconess Rachel. If your family or church would like to help make events like this possible in order to bless parents and children in our community, feel free to start collecting diapers now!  We look forward to our next diaper distribution event. Thank you to all who made this day possible!


Our HEALing Kitchen 

We are excited to be able to offer "Our HEALing Kitchen" nutrition education cooking classes each Wednesday until February 27th from 11:00 am-12:30 pm! Thanks to the Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL)  training from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, as well as funds from the We Raise Foundation, this 8-week educational opportunity is being offered in our new kitchen facility at The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us. Click here for more information about the HEAL classes as well as the HEAL farmers' markets that are located around Fort Wayne during the summer months. At these markets WIC and SNAP credit goes 2x as far! If you would like to know more about this class, feel free to reach out to us. Please contact Deaconess Rachel Jaseph at for more information. 

Homework Club

The Homework Club has begun! The Shepherd's Hand is hosting the club on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm while school is in session from now until the end of the school year 2019, for children in grades two through eight. The purpose for the homework club is to help bridge educational gaps in curriculum that many school aged children face, as well as help them with reading, writing and math while speaking Jesus to them. Students are welcome to come anytime during the club hours to receive help with homework if needed, and to enjoy a free snack and devotion. 

Want to get involved?

PRAY for us as we move forward with plans for this ministry center. Ask that God would give us wisdom as we make decisions, and provide servant-hearted volunteers and donors to make this project possible. Pray about what role YOU may be able to play in helping get The Shepherd's Hand off the ground.

PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events! Contact us to learn about the volunteer application process.

GIVE a donation to help turn our planned planned into active and thriving ones!

Checks may be made out to "Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church" with "Shepherd's Hand" in the memo line, and may be mailed to

1301 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803

SIGN UP for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on this developing ministry by contacting Deaconess Jaseph at the address below.

To learn more about the plans for this ministry, please contact:

Deaconess Rachel Jaseph

Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center

Motivated by the love of Christ, Speaking Jesus to the World .